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Suspended CalPERS executive resigns

Sacramento Bee

A top CalPERS official, suspended after being linked to the bribery scandal involving former board member Alfred Villalobos, quit the pension fund Thursday.

Newark (N.J.) submits plan to eliminate nearly 1,000 city jobs

Newark Star-Ledger

Newark submitted a layoff plan to the state Civil Service Commission this week, taking a crucial step toward the biggest purge of workers the city has seen in decades.

LAPD officers work at cafe for charity


Los Angeles police were writing a lot of tickets Friday, but it's not what you think.

California court ruling limits discovery by inmates in appeals

LA Times

Justices say they must show the material they want exists to avoid a 'fishing expedition' and that they can be denied information from out-of-state law enforcement agencies that assisted prosecutors.

Police conduct countywide sweep of parolees with guns

Torrance Daily Breeze

Nearly 80 parolees were arrested and more than 20 weapons seized during what was billed Thursday as the largest sweep of its kind in the history of Los Angeles County.

High desert manhunt for cop slaying suspect

Salt Lake Tribune

The hunt for the man accused of murdering a Utah sheriff’s deputy resumed at dawn Friday as an army of 100 police officers cordoned an area of the rugged, high desert just south of the Utah-Arizona border.

Amid divorce, Frank McCourt gives more than $1 million worth of Dodger tickets to LAPD officers

LA Times blog

These are tough times for Dodgers owner Frank McCourt.

Why I use a pseudonym

Patterico's Pontifications

I occasionally hear from critics who believe, despite my long years of service as cop in some of L.A.’s most troubled neighborhoods, that I’m a coward for choosing to use a pseudonym in my writing.

Robberies, assaults rose since layoffs, Oakland police union says

Oakland Tribune

Robberies and assaults rose 8.5 percent in a one-month period from July 13 to Aug. 13, a time when 80 police officers left the streets because of layoffs, according to statistics released Wednesday by the Oakland Police Officers Association.

FBI, LAPD raid targets Pueblo Bishop Bloods

LA Times

The sweep brings in 19 alleged gang members on federal charges, including murder, racketeering and drug manufacture. Ten others were arrested on state narcotics charges and more remain at large.

Government estimates millions drive drunk in US

Associated Press

An estimated 17 million people have driven while drunk at least once on U.S. streets and highways in the course of a year, according to a government study released Wednesday.

Assembly rejects bill to aid juvenile lifers

Sacramento Bee

A volatile election year was probably the wrong time to propose a bill that would allow prison inmates sentenced to life terms without possibility of parole to petition for sentence modification.

Assembly cuts fines for illegal red light turns

Sacramento Bee

The Assembly voted today to reduce fines for motorists who failed to make complete stops before turning right on red lights.

State's plans to send prisoners to county jails worry officials

San Diego Union-Tribune

The state’s plans to ship low-risk prisoners to local jails could cost counties revenue and are raising fears that inmates may be released early.

Cutbacks force police to curtail calls for some crimes

USA Today

Budget cuts are forcing police around the country to stop responding to fraud, burglary and theft calls as officers focus limited resources on violent crime.

Lawmakers pass measure to limit health insurance rate hikes

LA Times blog

Health insurance firms would be barred from raising rates more than once a year under a measure approved Monday by state lawmakers in response to consumer complaints about rising costs.

Police, fire feel the pain

Redlands Daily Facts

SAN BERNARDINO - Police officers could take longer to respond to emergency calls and spend less time investigating all but the most serious crimes - a result of new budget cuts that could reverse recent efforts to put more cops on the streets.

One L.A. employee union agrees to pay more for healthcare; others resist

LA Times blog

Six Los Angeles city employee unions have blocked Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa from seeking to impose higher healthcare costs on its members, even as a seventh labor organization agreed to a wide range of concessions.

Senate approves 'Chelsea's Law' targeting sex offenders

Sacramento Bee blog

The Senate unanimously approved a bill today targeting sex offenders convicted of crimes against minors.

2011 Dodge Charger: Police in pursuit

The Street

Chrysler will start taking orders next month for its new 2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit, a sleek update for the police market that features either Chrysler's new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine or the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8.

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